Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Bravo, OkCupid, Cablevision, Viacom, DirecTV

--Bravo Teams with OkCupid on Interactive Promotion for "Most Eligible Dallas"
--Cablevision and Viacom Resolve Litigation over Cablevision's Live Streaming iPad App
--DirecTV to Offer Interactive TV Coverage of 2011 PGA Championship
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Bravo is teaming...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): DirecTV, ESPN, Hulu, Intel, Toshiba

--DirecTV, ESPN Offer Interactive TV Coverage of The Open Championship
--Hulu Plus Launches on Four More Android Smartphones
--Intel, Toshiba Collaborate on Interactive "Social Film" Featuring Hollywood Talent
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: DirecTV recently teamed with ESPN to offer interactive TV coverage of golf's Open Championship . Key features of "The Open Championship Experience," as the DirecTV-ESPN offering was branded, included: 1) A multiscreen "mix" channel that allowed viewers to watch, and switch between the audio of, three supplemental channels of coverage in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): France Telecom-Orange, Samsung, DirecTV, i.TV, GetGlue

--France Telecom-Orange in Deal to Launch Portal on Samsung Connected-TV Devices
--Report: Initial Consumer Test Finds "Tepid" Response to Premium VOD
--i.TV Unveils New Version of its TV App, Forms Partnership with GetGlue
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: France Telecom's Orange arm has signed an agreement with Samsung to launch a content and services portal on the latter's connected-TV platform. The portal is slated to roll out on 2011 Samsung Smart TV's in France in the coming weeks, and then on Samsung Blu-ray players and home theater products in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): DirecTV, ESPN, BBC, Wimbledon

--DirecTV, ESPN Offer Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon Tennis
--ESPN Will Also Offer Wimbledon Coverage on Web and Mobile
--BBC Unveils Interactive TV Plans for Wimbledon
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: DirecTV is teaming with ESPN to offer exclusive interactive TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championship. "ESPN Interactive TV will be enjoyed exclusively on DirecTV and extended this year by a day to include the first seven days of competition, culminating on the second Monday," ESPN states in its press materials. "The day,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of Canoe Ventures' Interactive TV Solutions
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

Clearleap Shops iPad Solution to Pay TV Providers

-- itaas Builds App Based on Clearleap Platform
Clearleap is looking to boost revenue from pay TV providers that want to develop iPad applications, taking the wraps off of a cloud-based solution that can enable the delivery of IP video to tablets and other connected devices. The Atlanta-based firm said its Stream On Demand product is designed to allow application developers to focus on the user experience, while Clearleap would manage billing, subscriber authentication, security, parental controls for apps for the iPad and...

LodgeNet Slashes Movie Pricing, Revamps User Interface

-- Hotel Entertainment Provider Launches 'Menu-On-Turn-On' Feature
Hospitality-industry interactive TV provider LodgeNet revamped its user interface, and slashed the prices for many of the movies it sells in hotel rooms. The company unveiled a "VOD 2.0" initiative Tuesday that includes pricing of $10.99 and under for the majority of movies in its library that are available outside the exclusive hotel window, which it said represents a price reduction of 35 percent. LodgeNet said it will also offer "daily deals" on some movies...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Comcast Reaches 20 Billion VOD Views -- Court Invalidates Verizon ITV Patents -- AT&T Serves French Open Multiview -- DirecTV Expands Interactive French Open Coverage -- Zodiac Interactive Supplies Games to Videotron

Interactive DirecTV Sunday Ticket Wins Sports Emmy

-- DBS Provider Wins Award for 'Outstanding New Approaches'

Adding interactive elements and mobile apps to its exclusive "NFL Sunday Ticket" subscription package helped DirecTV win a Sports Emmy Award in the category of "outstanding new approaches – sports event coverage." While DirecTV has offered subscribers access to every live NFL game on Sundays since 1994, the top U.S. DBS provider has increased its focus in recent years on adding interactive elements to its "Sunday Ticket" package, including on-demand scores, game stats...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- DirecTV, Panasonic Fund Short 3D Films -- Targets UK Viewers with NetplayTV Roulette -- Teveo, Mediapool Market HbbTV Platform for International TV -- Ruwido Touts Haptic Remote Control
Looking to generate content for its new n3D channel, DirecTV is teaming up with Panasonic to supply six independent filmmakers with 3D equipment to create short films. The companies said they will run all six films on n3D, and premiere them this summer at the "DirecTV n3D Film Invitational Presented by Panasonic." The film festival will be held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize, and...